Mosquitoes are a nuisance in the warmer months. They make it impossible to enjoy time with family and friends outdoors, whether you are camping or just trying to enjoy a drink on your patio. They also make it hard for kids to play outside, and sometimes even for your dog or other pets to enjoy any peace outside.
Getting a good pest control plan in place is essential for keeping your home free of mosquitoes so that it is welcoming and comfortable for all. But you also need to educate yourself a bit about these pests so that you don’t make any missteps in trying to prevent or eradicate them. Here are a few common myths about mosquitos that you shouldn’t trust:
Yes, it’s true that some mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, like malaria and the zika virus. If you are bitten by one of these mosquitoes, you are at risk of becoming infected. However, it is not true that all mosquitoes carry disease. In fact, the overwhelming majority do not.
In most cases – especially in Arizona – getting bitten by a mosquito is going to be nothing more than irritating. However, you should watch yourself for symptoms and see a doctor where necessary.
Bug zappers are those electronic lanterns that attract mosquitoes and other bugs and give them an electric jolt when they fly into the metal wires around the light. Many homeowners hang these zappers and gain false confidence that they won’t have to worry about mosquitoes anymore.
The truth is that bug zappers are most effective at killing larger insects that aren’t as nimble at navigating the wires, such as large moths and beetles. Few mosquitoes are actually killed by these zappers.
Look for mosquito repellents online, and you may see many articles recommending the use of dryer sheets. We’re not sure how this myth got started, but the only thing that dryer sheets do is keep your laundry smelling fresh. They don’t do a thing to keep mosquitoes away from you or your property.
The only way to get rid of mosquitoes for good is to hire a pest control company to spray a barrier treatment or to employ other solutions.
Electronic repellents work by sending out sound saves that drive away mosquitoes and other pests. Some people believe that these repellents are highly effective. The truth is that they have very little impact on mosquitoes.
Again, save your money and put it toward pest services that will actually work. Hire a pest control technician to treat your property and get rid of your mosquito problem once and for all.
Purple martin birds and many types of bats eat insects, so there is a myth going around that they will destroy a mosquito population. The idea is that they are mosquito-eating machines. But the reality is that they eat mosquitoes in addition to a lot of other insects – they don’t show a preference.
Unless you plan to populate your yard with caged bats and purple martins, we’re not sure how this myth would help you even if it were true. You need a good pest control company to deal with the mosquitoes on your property.
Don’t let myths about mosquitoes or their treatment keep you from creating a mosquito-free zone around your home. Call a reputable Phoenix pest control company to develop a plan to keep mosquitoes off your property. You’ll be able to enjoy time outside with your family again, and you won’t worry about your get togethers being ruined.
Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control in Phoenix to get solutions that work to keep mosquitoes off your property. Our reliable pest control technicians have the skills and experience to get results quickly. We can help protect your home against mosquitoes, as well as other common pests, such as ants, termites, roaches, rats, scorpions, and pigeons. Call us in Phoenix to schedule an inspection and consultation with a friendly and knowledgeable pest control technician. You’ll quickly learn why we are the pest control company that Phoenix residents trust.